this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm david eades. our top stories: the battle for ukraine goes on: a russian strike on a block of flats in kyiv kills one person and injures 12. this is the nightmare for the city, more attacks like this, and, of course, they're vulnerable to missile strikes. but kyiv is big and it's sprawling, and the defenders have many advantages, which they're using. scenes of devastation in the southern port city of mariupol where food, water and heating are said to have become desperately scarce. an anti—war protester interrupts prime time news on russian state television, denouncing the conflict
in ukraine. what it shows is that despite the kremlin wasn't almost control of the media, it is dropping to persuade some people within the system that what the kremlin is doing is right. and we have exclusive access to the hospital in poland dealing with some of the most vulnerable ukrainian refugees. hello, and once again, thank you very much for being with us. if you are wondering whether talks about a ceasefire might be getting somewhere, i'm afraid the reality of events on the ground in ukraine continue to tell a very different and destructive story. russia is continuing to bombard cities across the country. there've been more harrowing reports emerging of civilians
suffering in the southern city of mariupol. a convoy of about 160 vehicles did manage to leave the besieged city, but it has yet to reach ukraine—controlled territory. progress has been halted by the nightly curfew. in the capital, kyiv, air strikes have been getting closer to the centre. as the violence continues, those talks between russian and ukrainian representatives will resume again later after a fourth round of discussions ended without a breakthrough. jeremy bowen has the latest from kyiv. the attack happened not long before dawn. it could have been worse for the residents. many had gone to the shelters. kyiv is feeling the pressure of the war much more sharply. speaks ukrainian "it's a tragedy, and he's an idiot," he said, meaning putin. "i ask the whole world to help," said jelena,
"to make these non—humans disappearfrom our ukraine." survival can be about saving a few precious things, as well as a life. kyiv�*s defenders are trying to keep russian artillery out of range, but this was a missile fired from further away and much harder to stop. they're also very powerful. the explosion took lives and destroyed more ukrainian homes. this is the nightmare for the city — more attacks like this, and of course, they're vulnerable to missile strikes. but kyiv is big and it's sprawling, and the defenders have many advantages, which they're using. prayers aren't all they have. problems for the russians include rivers, notjust the mighty dnipro running through kyiv, but its tributaries
and large areas of marshland that can hold up and bog down armies. at their headquarters, the generals running kyiv�*s defence invited us to their war room, and they sounded confident, like their president. they're tracking the two main russian thrusts, from the east and from the north—west, which they said are being attacked and have barely moved. we've heard a lot about this long russian convoy that was to the north—west of the city — what's happened to that? translation: that was a week ago, the big column. our military hit it. they moved a bit, but they never did anything that we felt in kyiv. what do you think the russians actually want to do with this city? do they want to come into the city and conquer it or do they want to encircle it? translation: maybe they want to encircle the city, _ but i don't think
they have enough soldiers, and they understand that in kyiv, around 20,000 people have received weapons, and the city is fortified. attacking will cost them very large losses. as we were talking, another missile exploded not far from the first one. it might have been brought down by air defence. a trolley bus conductor was killed. ukrainian military success has surprised their friends and their enemies, but the russians have not turned anything like their full force on this capital city yet. jeremy bowen, bbc news, kyiv. city authorities in the key port city of mariupol say that civilian deaths have risen above 2,100 and mass graves have been dug to bury the dead. it is being reported that a pregnant woman, who was pictured fleeing after an attack on the city's maternity hospital last week, has died, along with her baby.
from southern ukraine, andrew harding reports. a drone's—eye view of a city in agony. mariupol burning. apartment blocks in ruins after two weeks of unrelenting russian bombardments. there is no drinking water and any medication for more than one week. another big problem is for people who died because of lack of medication. many people who were killed, they're just lying on the ground. and today, we learned that among the dead is the woman on the stretcher in this now infamous picture. it was taken in the immediate aftermath of a russian attack last week on a maternity hospital in mariupol. her name is not known. it's understood she begged medics to let her die if that would help them save her unborn child. both died this weekend.
as for the living, this was reportedly filmed yesterday in a cellar in mariupol. "the planes are flying overhead," she says, "dropping bombs, scaring the children. "please organise a humanitarian corridor "to help our children escape." today, a few hundred people were able to drive to safety, but that's a drop in the ocean. well, it's...it�*s about two sides that need to come to the same terms. they need to find together an agreement. and if that doesn't happen? well, if that doesn't happen, knowing already how dire the situation is for the population inside the city, we can only be extremely concerned for the life of all those people. mariupol is a big, important city, and the russians need to capture it to help their advance here into southern ukraine, and their tactics are
becoming brutally familiar. if you can't seize a city, then simply flatten it, whatever the cost in human lives. and so, the pounding of mariupol goes on. a city of 500,000 people trapped in a nightmare. andrew harding, bbc news, in southern ukraine. these pictures no doubt helping to trigger the european union's movement. the european union has approved a fourth set of sanctions against russia. the measures target individuals and entities involved in aggression against ukraine, along with sectors of the russian economy, and include a ban on russian steel and iron imports, an export ban on luxury goods and a ban on investment in the energy sector. for more on the implications of those sanctions, i'm joined by nina trentmann, who's the bureau chief of the wall streetjournal�*s cfo journal in new york. thank you very much. good to
see you. let'sjust thank you very much. good to see you. let's just start from the point of what impact this fourth raft of measures really actually can make. it fourth raft of measures really actually can make.— fourth raft of measures really actually can make. it comes on to of actually can make. it comes on top of various _ actually can make. it comes on top of various rounds _ actually can make. it comes on top of various rounds of - top of various rounds of sanctions already that we have seen from the european union, from the uk in the us, so even though in the end probably this round of sanctions, not sure how much it can add in terms of saying, 0k, how much it can add in terms of saying, ok, this will be the thing that stops vladimir putin, probably not, but i think it illustrates the wish from the european union and other western governments to just use basically as many of the tools that they can in this current situation to try to restrain russia's wealth and also the operating of its economy as much as possible, and of course it also involves rich individuals that have all of europe and other places even though it is probably fair to say that in the end each and
every sanction will not necessarily be the one thing that stops this war, but in the end, the combination of all of the different factors that have come together.— the different factors that have come together. yes, no doubt ou are come together. yes, no doubt you are having _ come together. yes, no doubt you are having to _ come together. yes, no doubt you are having to keep - come together. yes, no doubt you are having to keep a - come together. yes, no doubt you are having to keep a very| you are having to keep a very close eye on the compilation of the list of big companies in particular who are deciding they can no longer operate within and with russia. there must also be still a bit of a hush—hush approach from some companies who are going below the radar, aren't they? at the radar, aren't they? at least in — the radar, aren't they? git least in terms of the list of companies that have withdrawn or are withdrawing, i think it is now 375 companies based on yale school of management. i think the question is very much what do we mean by withdraw? there are of course companies on that list that are just halting operations and are saying, 0k, we will stop and see where things are going. it is very difficult to keep track of what companies are actually doing even there is limited
amount of journalists still operating in russia, and we are hearing from companies just very selective information about what they are actually doing with their operations given that there is still much assessing the situation that is changing on a regular basis. companies of course are also afraid that there might be retaliating action from the government in russia where vladimir putin has already said he will be in support of a law that would basically result in seizure of western assets in russia is a form of revenge against the companies that have said they would withdraw from the country. i think from a corporate perspective, it is certainly a difficult situation to navigate stop on the one side, companies see themselves under pressure to do something, and to respond to criticism from customers, and on the other side of course, they are also unsure as to what will happen and what the best way of... , g, g, happen and what the best way
of... this withdrawal actually is also very _ of... this withdrawal actually is also very briefly _ of... this withdrawal actually is also very briefly if - of... this withdrawal actually is also very briefly if you - is also very briefly if you can, the fact is there is a harsh reality gas and oil revenues continued to flow in presumably. revenues continued to flow in presumably-— revenues continued to flow in presumably. yes, there is a a lot of countries _ presumably. yes, there is a a lot of countries that - presumably. yes, there is a a lot of countries that consume | lot of countries that consume energy from russia, including germany, other eu countries, japan, for example, so there is not necessarily in each of these situations an easy fix where you could say, ok, we willjust where you could say, ok, we will just switch where you could say, ok, we willjust switch it off because there are no alternatives, at least in the short—term. so that results still revenue flowing in to the russian government at these elevated prices that we are seeing at the moment.— prices that we are seeing at the moment. and that is very difficult... — the moment. and that is very difficult... they _ the moment. and that is very difficult... they still - difficult... they still continue _ difficult... they still continue to - difficult... they still continue to flow - difficult... they still continue to flow to l difficult... they still i continue to flow to the government.— continue to flow to the covernment. ., ., ~ government. indeed. nina, thank ou ve government. indeed. nina, thank you very much — government. indeed. nina, thank you very much indeed. _ the main evening news on russia's flagship channeli has been disrupted by a protest against the war on ukraine. that is pretty rare stuff.
a woman employee ran behind the newsreader, carrying a sign with the text, "no war." 0ur russia editor steve rosenberg reports. in russia, tv is tightly controlled to transmit the kremlin line. but look what happened tonight, live on the main evening news. a woman runs onto the set to condemn russia's onslaught in ukraine. she's marina 0vsyannikova, a channel 0ne editor. the sign reads, "no war, stop the war, don't believe the propaganda, "they're lying to you here, russians against war." speaks russian before her protest, she'd recorded this message. "russia was committing a crime in ukraine," she said, and vladimir putin was responsible. this is russian tv normally. 0n—message, pro—putin.
tv channels here don't call what russia's doing in ukraine a "war." they say it's a "special military operation." but critical voices have been creeping in. on a popular talk show, this film director says he can't imagine russia taking cities like kyiv and warns that close allies like china and india might distance themselves from russia. but this is more than just criticism. it's a direct challenge — one woman taking on the kremlin. quite extraordinary. i have never seen anything like that here. what it shows is that despite the kremlin�*s almost total control of the media, it's still struggling to persuade some people within the system that what the kremlin is doing is right. as for marina 0vsyannikova, she has reportedly been detained by police, and the tv channel, channel one russia, has launched
an internal investigation. steve rosenberg in yuroslav, russia. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, as covid cases rise in china, the asian markets stumble: how bad will this latest wave of the virus be? today, we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter. more than 3,000 subway passengers were affected. nausea, bleeding, headaches and a dimming of vision — all of this caused by an apparently organised attack. the trophy itself was on the pedestal in the middle of the cabinet here. now, this was an international trophy and we understand now that the search for it has
become an international search. above all, this was a triumph for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, and that's what the voters wanted. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: more on the war in ukraine to come. but first, china has reported over 5000 new coronavirus cases — the highest number in two years. the government there has announced it is placing 51 million people into lockdown. the surge in cases has also left markets on edge. oil prices and asian markets headed lower after the announcement. let's speak to our business
reporter monica miller in singapore. atop the dovi time, described as a china tech meltdown. ht as a china tech meltdown. ut did start on rocky road. it has made up a bit of ground, down 3% however we are keeping a close eye on the chinese tech stocks, mostly still in decline. the tech index trading more than i% decline. the tech index trading more than 1% lower after tumbling over 6% earlier. jaidee .com and alibaba made some gains but they are still down up to 4% this morning. ——jd. down up to 496 this morning. --jd. ~ ,., down up to 496 this morning. --jd. ~ down up to 496 this morning. --jd.�* , , ,_ --jd. at some point presumably bei'ina is --jd. at some point presumably beijing is going _ --jd. at some point presumably beijing is going to _ --jd. at some point presumably beijing is going to have - --jd. at some point presumably beijing is going to have to - beijing is going to have to think, we cannot be so strict
without restrictions on covid cases? ., ., . without restrictions on covid cases? ., ., ,,,, cases? you would be surprised. we heard _ cases? you would be surprised. we heard from _ cases? you would be surprised. we heard from a _ cases? you would be surprised. we heard from a governor- cases? you would be surprised. we heard from a governor in . cases? you would be surprised. | we heard from a governor in one of the north—eastern regions where volkswagen had an outbreak. they had to shut down a few of their factories for at least three days and they said these restrictions may actually get tighter. they are dedicated to achieve community zero covid and they said it could happen ijy and they said it could happen by the end of this week and it does not look like they will change their playbook any time soon. . . change their playbook any time soon. . , ., ~ , ., soon. the latest on the asian markets and _ soon. the latest on the asian markets and not _ soon. the latest on the asian markets and not a _ soon. the latest on the asian markets and not a terribly . markets and not a terribly right situation. —— bright. a bbc investigation has uncovered new evidence about a corrupt deal that made roman abramovich's fortune. the chelsea owner made billions buying an oil company from the russian government, and then selling it back for 50 times the price. roman abramovich was sanctioned by the uk government last week because of his links to vladimir putin. he denies being close
to the russian president and his lawyers say allegations of corruption are false. richard bilton reports. this is russia's wild bees, the oilfields of siberia and where roman abramovich made much of his fortune. back in the 90s, he had a plan. the idea was simple, persuade the russian government to combine some of the vast state oil facility, create a giant new company and then sell it. the price and the sale would be agreed with in advance and the lucky buyout would be roman abramovich. advance and the lucky buyout would be roman abramovich . and thatis would be roman abramovich . and that is what happened. roman abramovich took control of the company told sibneft in a rigged option. $50 million paid
and sold it ten years later for and sold it ten years later for a staggering 13 billion dollars. a staggering 13 billion dollars-— a staggering 13 billion dollars. . dollars. that is corruption. this is what _ dollars. that is corruption. this is what you _ dollars. that is corruption. this is what you call - this is what you call corruption. roman abramovich stole money from russia, billions of dollars of russian taxpayer money. b, billions of dollars of russian taxpayer money.— billions of dollars of russian taxpayer money. a source has aaivin taxpayer money. a source has giving us — taxpayer money. a source has giving us information - taxpayer money. a source has giving us information about i taxpayer money. a source hasl giving us information about the corrupt sibneft deal. we were told the details were copied from roman abramovich and translated into english. we cannot verify that but checks with other sources back up many of the details. the document says, those investigating the sibneft cell wanted to charge roman abramovich with fraud. the secret document also
suggests roman abramovich was protected by the former russian president boris yeltsin. an investigation was then stop by the president. we showed the secret document and court papers where roman abramovich talked about his dealings to a leading expert on dirty money. it seems to suggest the whole of the acquisition of the creation of the sibneft in the hands of roman abramovich is as a result of corruption. it reeks of illegality.- reeks of illegality. roman abramovich 's _ reeks of illegality. roman abramovich 's lies - reeks of illegality. roman abramovich 's lies denied| reeks of illegality. roman i abramovich 's lies denied he abramovich �*s lies denied he was protected by boris yeltsin and says there is no evidence of it. roman abramovich �*s
secret past is finally catching up secret past is finally catching up with him. richard bilton, bbc news. no in russia's apartment in open areas. in the capital, kyiv, 20 past six and it has been shaken by two large explosions. pictures capturing a projectile in the sky over here in the last hour. what is not clear is whether it was a russian strike or firing from ukrainian air force systems but residents continue preparations for a potential siege in kyiv. the majority of ukraine's refugees have headed for poland. so far, most have been put up in people's homes. but for the thousands of ukrainian civilians who need medical care, the journey has been even more traumatic. the bbc�*s lewis goodall is in the city of lublin and was given exclusive access to one of the biggest hospitals that has been taking
in ukrainian patients. three weeks ago, 44 million people lived in ukraine. now, 1.7 million of those people, mainly women and children, live in poland. most are exhausted, some are sick, some need medical care, and some were pregnant. he is a boy. he's four days old, and he's not alone. at a hospital in the city of lublin, 60 miles from the border, babies have born in a country not their own, away from fathers they've never met, that they might never meet. translation: they bombed all of our relatives in kyiv, i and we also don't know what will happen next, if we have a place to return to. why? because of putin. the boy's mother is not the only one having to endure the deepest of distress. some refugee babies have been born
premature, the trauma of the journey inducing mothers before the time was right. each is now the charge of the polish health service. and there are so many more health needs besides. imagine having cancer, fearing for your life, and having to flee for it as well. translation: for us, it's impossible to get l an operation because they treat the soldiers and only the most pressing civilian cases are treated. so, i didn't have another choice, my only option was to come to poland and be treated. i'm so happy, i could cry. i'm happy with the doctors and with all the staff who work here. translation: with oncology, you cannot lose time. - we were terrified. on 8th march, they examined me, they studied my medical records, and on 9th march, i had the surgery. we are getting the same treatment
as polish women, it really moved me. and it isn'tjust the arrivals training the system, and it isn'tjust the arrivals straining the system, but those who've left. this hospital was to be rebuilt. construction is now halted because half the labourers were ukrainian, and they've gone home to fight. i think in a longer period, international support, international help, will be needed. what will that support look like? doctors, nurses, supplies? no, i think places, places in the hospital. this isjust the beginning for this medical team. next, they're planning for how they might treat patients in a chemical attack. poland is not at war, but in terms of some of its horrors, it doesn't feel far away. lewis goodall, bbc news, lublin. i want to keep you up to developments. reuters have issued a couple of lines, they are quoting ukraine 24 tv, a
24—hour news channel, saying power has been restored at the chernobyl nuclear plant. we will keep across that for you here on bbc news. hello. more of you should spend the day dry on tuesday. there will be some wet weather around, admittedly, that's going to be mainly towards parts of western scotland and, later, northern ireland. but even as we start the day, one or two isolated showers to eastern parts of england. to eastern parts of england. that's from this weather front just working its way northwards, and a little ridge of high pressure, though, across most of the country before we see this weather front gradually work its way in from the west. and it's that which will bring the wetter weather to western scotland, northern ireland, but keep temperatures above freezing to start the day. a touch of frost is possible just about anywhere, but a bright enough start for many. a few isolated showers through east anglia and the east midlands, drifting their way northwards into yorkshire through the day. much of england and wales varying amounts of sunshine, best of which will be in the morning. some sunny spells
east of scotland. northern ireland, isolated shower. but it's western scotland and to the west of northern ireland where it will turn wetter, quite breezy for a time during the morning. that breeze though will help to break up the cloud to eastern scotland. temperatures in the north on or around 7—8 degrees, but in the sunshine further south, a pleasant spring day, up to around 15 or 16 celsius. then as we go into the night and through to wednesday morning, clearer conditions develop towards western scotland, northern ireland, as showers push their way eastwards. so, here, we will see a frost to start wednesday. a milder start elsewhere, and that's because there'll be a lot more cloud around to start the day. that's because we've got to the south of us storm celia across parts of spain and portugal, throwing up these weather fronts and potentially a little bit of saharan dust across the south—east during the day. butjust notice across england and wales, whilst there could be a few breaks in the cloud, particularly into the west, the cloud amounts often large, outbreaks of rain around and they will be a bit more heavy, more persistent, developing through the day, particularly through central and eastern parts of england. by contrast, scotland, northern ireland lose the early showers, sunshine comes out.
brighter afternoon to wales and parts of north—west england, but cooler here, whereas we could still see up to around 15 degrees in the south—east corner. that milder air, with it the saharan dust and the rain, pushes out into the north sea as we go through the night into thursday. another chilly start on thursday. touch of frost around. much of england and wales will be dry and bright. showers or a greater chance of them in north wales, northern england on thursday. and sunshine and shower day for scotland and northern ireland. a bit chilly here. temperatures climbing again further south, and as we go through the rest of the week, well, it does look like with high pressure building, plenty of blue skies and sunshine into the weekend. see you soon.
this is bbc news. the headlines... russia is continuing to bombard cities across ukraine. in the capital, kyiv, air strikes have been getting closer to the centre of the city. one missile hit a block of flats, killiing one person and injuring 12. talks between russian and ukrainian representatives will resume again later. authorities in the key port city of mariupol say that civilian deaths have risen above 2,000, and mass graves have been dug to bury the dead. the international red cross said the situation inside the city was untenable and unbearable, with little food and water, and no heating. the main evening news on russia's flagship channel one has been disrupted by a protest against the war on ukraine. a woman ran behind the newsreader, carrying a sign with the text, "no war. don't believe the propaganda".